Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Windhoek, Namibia. You can choose from 6 Windhoek hostels. In total, there are 8 cheap places to stay in Windhoek such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $12 for a dorm.
Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Windhoek, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
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Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.
Travelling on your own to Windhoek? Fabulous!
Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Windhoek alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Windhoek. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.
This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Windhoek. To help you make friends with Windhoek before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Windhoek is the place where the wilds of Namibia are contained. Regardless of your travel plans, you will inevitably find yourself spending some time in Windhoek. This is not something to avoid, as Windhoek offers one of Southern Africa’s more curious capital cities. As a former German colony, Windhoek is somewhere to experience the synthesis of German and African influences. Further, Windhoek hostels are of a high standard and will gladly help organize your onward journeys in Namibia. Windhoek dorms are available year-round, however we would recommend advance bookings during the peak season (June through July) and South African holidays.
For those wishing to explore Windhoek’s unique character, the place to begin is the city centre. Lovers of German architecture will thrive in Windhoek’s "unofficial" landmark -- the Christuskirche the junction of Fidel Castro and Robert Mugabe streets. Despite evoking an image of a gingerbread house, this Lutheran church commands over the city centre. Other notable buildings include the Tintenpalast and Turnhalle, both of which remind visitors of Namibia’s idiosyncratic history. As most Windhoek hostels are located within close walking distance to the city centre, your Windhoek hostel will be able to point you in the right direction!
Definitely try to fit in a visit to Katutura Township. As the place where the Windhoek council (under the South African apartheid regime) settled all Africans in Windhoek, this site affords visitors a rare chance to experience another element of Namibian history. Here, visitors can engage with some of Namibia’s less fortunate citizens, support their local markets, and appreciate that Windhoek extends well beyond the stylish shopping centres. Most Windhoek hostels will be able to easily link you up with a company offering transport and walks through Katutura.
For those still unsure whether to visit Etosha National Park or camp under the dunes in Sossusvlei, your Windhoek hostel will provide some invaluable information. Further, almost all Windhoek hostels are linked with an associate travel company, offering you some of the most competitive multi-day tour rates.
Written by local enthusiast for Windhoek hostels @dhersz
There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Windhoek. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Windhoek. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?
A hostel in Windhoek costs on average $22 for a dorm. A hostel in Windhoek with private rooms costs on average $71.
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Chameleon Backpackers & Guesthouse is the best hostel in Windhoek for families.
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Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Windhoek and Namibia.
You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:
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